Through the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, the state is working toward the coordination of floodplain management responsibilities based on watershed boundaries and will be collaborating with local jurisdictions in the months to come to achieve all related long-term outcomes. There will be a total of eight meetings statewide to discuss this initiative.
WHEN IS OUR REGION’S MEETING?
October 23, 2018
South Central Planning and Development Commission
5058 West Main Street
Houma, La 70364
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Elected officials
- Municipal, parish and planning district staff who work in areas such as planning and zoning, public works, emergency management, floodplain management, safety and permitting
- Local engineers, floodplain managers, modelers, GIS professionals, scientists or experts with access to datasets
(Sessions are divided, scroll down to view times for each meeting)
CONTACT PERSON FOR HOUMA-THIBODAUX MEETING:
HOW DID THE COUNCIL ON WATERSHED MANAGEMENT COME ABOUT?
In March and August of 2016, floodwaters impacted more than 145,000 homes throughout Louisiana, causing more than $10 billion in damage. In the weeks that followed, as recovery efforts began, Governor John Bel Edwards directed state agencies to coordinate programs and efforts toward future flood risk mitigation with a clear mandate – the status quo for floodplain management in Louisiana would no longer be an option. Water flows downhill and does not recognize political or arbitrary boundaries; thus, it must be managed, and associated risks mitigated, in a manner that takes this behavior into account. Gov. Edwards established the Council on Watershed Management through executive order JBE18-16 to serve as the continuation of this early interagency coordination and collaboration, which is composed of multiple state agencies with floodplain management responsibilities.
WHAT IS THE FOCUS?
The Council on Watershed Management is focused on working with local leadership and stakeholders to advance and support planning efforts, projects, and policies that achieve six distinct long-term outcomes for the resilience of Louisiana communities involving data, engagement, standards, funding, capability and capacity, and integrated planning. In addition to these long-term outcomes, the Council recognizes that immediate actions must be taken to demonstrate progress toward resilience and reducing flood risk throughout the state.
HOUMA-THIBODAUX MEETING – LOUISIANA WATERSHED INITIATIVE MEETING TIMES
TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (open to all technical professionals)
These workshops will feature a technical discussion related to datasets and data elements specific to the region in which the workshop is held, as well as discussions of how data are currently used, managed or shared at a local level to inform flood risk-reduction efforts. Technical experts interested in taking part—such as local engineers, floodplain managers, modelers, GIS professionals, scientists or experts with access to datasets—are encouraged to attend. From 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., there will be a deep dive workshop evaluating the current state and path of a specific dataset. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be a general technical exchange in which participants are invited to share their local best practices, lessons learned, and needs, challenges and opportunities related to data in order to better understand and address flood risk.
WATERSHED INITIATIVE EXCHANGE: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (local, regional, state and federal officials only)
This session will include a facilitated discussion among our state agencies and municipal, parish and planning district staff who work in areas such as planning and zoning, public works, emergency management, floodplain management, safety and permitting. The focus of this session is to gather input on current local and regional challenges or opportunities that can inform Louisiana Watershed Initiative efforts with an emphasis on planning and policy.
ELECTED OFFICIALS BRIEFING: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (by invitation only)
Elected officials within each region are invited to meet with state agency officials to learn more about the Louisiana Watershed Initiative, share questions and feedback and identify opportunities for local jurisdictions to participate in planning and programmatic efforts moving forward. We very much want to hear from you as local elected officials, in addition to sharing updates and milestones.
The HTMPO is requesting qualifications from transportation planning firms to assist with the update of the travel demand model to horizon year 2045 and other tasks as needed for the Metropolitan Transportation Plan update. The Public Notice for the RFP, a complete scope for the project, DOTD Form 24-102, and the scoring evaluation can be found below. Further inquiries on this RFQ shall be sent in writing to email@example.com
South Central Planning & Development Commission is seeking a Regional Planner with knowledge/experience in planning and its principals, grant writing, and technical reporting. Responsibilities include writing and management of Federal, State, and Local Grants in particular Economic Development and Community Development. Other responsibilities may include management of special projects on behalf of the Commission and its member jurisdictions. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills, have the ability to work effectively with local, state, and federal officials, interest groups, and the general public. This position may require public speaking, attendance of night meetings and travel. Minimum qualifications should include a Bachelors Degree in Urban Planning, Business, or a related field. Prior parish, municipal or regional experience a plus. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education. SCPDC is an EOE/AAE.
Resumes need to be received by the end of October 31st, 20118 at noon. Send resume to: SCPDC Planner PO Box 1870, Gray, LA 70359 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of New Orleans Transportation Institute is currently supporting Louisiana’s Recreational Trails Program (under the State of Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, Office of State Parks) in developing a strategic plan to guide program implementation over the next ten years, in alignment with guidance from the FHWA and the Louisiana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.
As part of this research, we want to hear from trail users of all kinds across the state about how Louisianans are using trail facilities of ALL kinds, from nature trails to ATV trails to urban walking/bicycling trails to paddle trails on our bayous and beyond, for any purpose, and tell us what you’d like to see prioritized for funding and trail management over the next ten years.
Please consider taking 5-10 minutes to help us better understand your interests and needs, and please feel free to share this survey with your friends, family, and anyone else you know who supports great places for Louisianans to walk, bike, ride, paddle, train, learn, relax, and play!
If you represent or are associated with a club, organization, or social group that uses Louisiana Recreational Trails and can help us distribute this survey to your membership/constituency/circle, we’d be especially grateful for your support in disseminating this brief survey. Survey Link: http://neworleans.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3lLxQoojWBZZqx7
This survey will remain open until at least July 31st. Please contact me by phone or email if you have any questions about this study at StephanieB@scpdc.org.
*Parishes eligible: Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, Terrebonne